International Criminal Court issues arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin

The International Criminal Court claims that issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Putin for war crimes due to his alleged involvement in kidnapping children from Ukraine.

The court statement said that Putin “is allegedly responsible for the war crime of illegal deportation of the population (children) and illegal transfer of the population (children) from the occupied territories of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.”

On Friday, he also issued an arrest warrant for Maria Alekseevna Lvova-Belova, the commissioner for children’s rights in the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation on similar charges.

A Kremlin spokesman called the arrest warrant “outrageous and unacceptable” and called the ICC’s decisions “legally invalid.”

The ICC said its Pre-Trial Chamber considered that there were “reasonable grounds to believe that each suspect is responsible for the war crime of illegal deportation of the population and illegal transfer of the population from the occupied territories of Ukraine to the Russian Federation to the detriment of Ukrainian children.”

After his last visit in early March, ICC prosecutor Karim Khan said he visited an orphanage two kilometers from the front line in southern Ukraine.

“The drawings attached to the wall… spoke of the context of love and support that once was there. But this house was empty as a result of the alleged deportation of children from Ukraine to the Russian Federation or their illegal transfer to other parts of the temporarily occupied territories.

“As I informed the UN Security Council last September, these alleged actions are being investigated by my office as a matter of priority. Children should not be treated like spoils of war.”

While Russia has dismissed the accusations and court orders as null and void, others have said the ICC decision will have an important impact.

“The ICC has put Putin on the wanted list and has taken the first step to end the impunity that has for too long encouraged those responsible for Russia’s war against Ukraine,” said Balkis Jarrah, deputy director of international justice at Human Rights Watch. a clear signal that ordering or condoning serious crimes against civilians could lead to a prison cell in The Hague.”

Professor David Crane, who 20 years ago indicted Liberian President Charles Taylor for crimes in Sierra Leone, said dictators and tyrants around the world “are now made aware that those who commit international crimes will be held accountable, including heads of state.”

Taylor was eventually apprehended and brought before a special court in the Netherlands. He was convicted and sentenced to 50 years in prison.

“This is an important day for justice and for the citizens of Ukraine,” Crane said in a written commentary to The Associated Press on Friday.